Mae Clair’s 13 Heroines: From Lady Marian to Clary Fray

Welcome to another Thursday Thirteen!  Last week I blogged a list of my thirteen favorite male characters, so it’s only fair this week is devoted to the ladies. In the process of putting this post together, I discovered something interesting.

It was effortless to come up with thirteen heroes (I could have easily added more without difficulty) but, when it came time to pick heroines, I had to do some digging. I even poked around in my bookcase, and realized that while there were titles I could look at and confidently say I enjoyed a great deal, I couldn’t remember much about the heroine. Wow! That was an awakening.

Maybe I just like a hunky hero, and gravitate more toward the men. Don’t get me wrong. There are women on the list below I adore. Others are there to round things out to an odd thirteen. That said, here are my thirteen favorite female characters (in no particular order):

1.    Lady Marian/Maid Marian
       Robin Hood legends
2.    Quinn Black
       Sign of Seven trilogy by Nora Roberts
3.    Eowyn
       Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
4.    Arafel, the Lady of the Trees
       The Ealdwood Duology by  C.J. Cherryh
5.    Maggie Concannon
       Born In series by Nora Roberts
6.    Clary Fray
       Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
7.    Weather Karkinnen
       Prey series by John Sanford
8.    Sara Howard
       The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
9.    Cinderella
10.  Philippa Somerville
       The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
11.  Deborah St. James
       Inspector Lynley mysteries by Elizabeth George
12.  Lucie Manette
       A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
13.  Viola
       Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

So, I learned a lesson. I need to pay more attention to the women, instead of drooling over the men! The first five women on the list were heroines who made a strong impression on me. Coming up with some of the others has made me want to go back and re-read their stories, particularly THE LYMOND CHRONICLES and A TALE OF TWO CITIES.

Okay, spill – – who are your faves? 🙂